Manage Expectations Working with Committees

People have different skills, abilities, and also different levels of commitment to community endeavors.

It’s not realistic to expect others to perform at the same level as you would.

You’re in charge for a reason, and as a board member, you’re aware of the deep commitment you’ve made to your association.

Everyone has something unique to offer. By acknowledging different ways of thinking and approaches — and understanding some people have limited time, you can create a stronger and more effective committee. It’s important to recognize and appreciate the contributions of others, even if their work is not what you hoped for. Also, recognize all contributions, no matter how small, as intentions are important, and those with limited time who are still willing to contribute something are valuable.

Expecting others to have your passion setting up for disappointment

Clear expectations and guidance are important, but expecting others to have your passion, work ethic and skill set is setting up you and your volunteers for disappointment. Appreciation also goes a long way in getting people who seem less committed to do more.

Don’t set your volunteers up for failure and yourself for disappointment. Assign duties that match not only their skill set, but the amount of time, effort and responsibility they are interested in taking on.

– Raymond Dickey